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Cotham Gardens Primary School

A Co-operative Academy

School Meals

Find out more about our MEAT FREE MONDAYS!

The lunches at school are provided by AIP. At morning registration children are asked whether they are having a school meal or packed lunch. If they are having a school meal, they will be able to choose what they are having for lunch when they go to the lunch hall.  Please see the school menu by scrolling to the bottom of this page. 


Payment of School Meals

How much do school meals cost?

Currently school meals are priced as follows;

1 day - £2.25

2 days - £4.50

3 days - £6.75

4 days - £9.00

5 days - £11.25


How do I pay for my child’s meals?

Payment for your child’s meals must be made each Monday in advance for that week (unless a Bank Holiday, when it will be the Tuesday immediately following the Bank Holiday).

Payment can be made either:

Alternatively payment for meals is welcome a month or term in advance.


What if I miss a payment?

Should arrears occur you will be notified in writing, if the outstanding balance becomes equal to 10 meals we will no longer be able to provide your child with a hot meal, and you will receive a telephone call informing you of this. The school is not obliged to provide food; its duty is to provide education. The option of providing food is a service that parents either pay for or are eligible for free school meals (see below for details).

All outstanding arrears will need to be settled two weeks before the end of each term.


Meals are ordered with the kitchen by 09.45 a.m. each day, therefore if a child is sent home for any reason after this time the meal will still need to be paid for.


Free School Meals

I don’t receive benefit payments; can my child have school meals for free?

From September 2014 all children in reception year, year 1 and year 2 can have a school meal every day for free, this is known as Universal Free School Meals

Is my child entitled to free school meals?

Any child whose parents or carers are on certain benefits is entitled to receive free meals at school. Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Children who get any of the above benefits in their own right (ie they get benefits payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get free school meals.

Children under the compulsory school age who are in full time education may also be able to get free school meals.


To apply for Free School Meals click on the Bristol City Council link below:-

or contact: Free School Meals

Bristol City Council, PO Box 3176, Bristol, BS3 9FS


Tel: 0117 903 7990


I claim benefits and have a child in reception, year 1 or year 2, do I need to fill out a free school meal application form?

Yes, as the school may get extra funding (called Pupil Premium Funding) which it can use to support your child’s education and you may be eligible for other financial assistance for things like school trips.

If you would like to notify the school of any special dietary requirements, please contact the school office.


Copies of the new menu can be found at both school offices.